What a joy! We stayed at the Ceylon Tea Trails for 3 nights, one night in Castlereagh and two in Norwood and absolutely looooooooved our time there!
We arrived from Kandy and already you get a taste of the beautiful tea plantations in Sri Lanka. As you get closer to the Ceylon Tea Trails the road gets worse which actually fits the character of the Tea Trails. Once you arrive at the Tea Trails it's like entering into a time capsule taking you years back; the decor, the surroundings, the very charming and helpful staff, the entire experience is designed to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
We travelled with our two year old and we brought a child carrier backpack with us so we could enjoy the trails. Upon arrival and after a wonderful lunch, we set out to explore the first trail around Castelreagh (you need the exercise with the wonderful food they serve... breakfast, lunch, high tea, dinner...). The next day we walked from Castlereagh to Norwood and at Norwood we explored the other two trails there. Especially the longer trail of the two from Norwood is stunning. Whilst Castlereagh is older and gives you more grandeur than Norwood (we didn't visit the other two bungalows), having the opportunity to explore the variety of trails at the various bungalows is definitely worthwhile. Next time I would even consider staying 4 nights and walking from one bungalow to the next.
The excusions to the tea factory was also fantastic. Impressive to understand more about the process and how quickly tea the cycle is completed.
We would definitely go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka's first Relais & Chateaux resort, is a collection of five colonial era tea planters' bungalows restored to impeccable style, offering a taste of gracious living in 27 suites and rooms, with butler service and original furnishings, accompanied by gourmet meals. Walking trails connect the bungalows which are from 2km to 15km apart. Follow the Tea Trail from one unique bungalow to the next, staying a night or two at each or just laze in one. Rates are fully inclusive of gourmet meals and drinks, including spirits and wines. Even service charges, taxes and laundry are included. We won't bother you with bills. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ceylon Tea Trails Hatton
- Ceylon Tea Trails Sri Lanka/Hatton